Owl Cyber Defense, one of the leading data diode suppliers for secure unidirectional communications, released the latest version of its recently productized core software platform. Version 188.8.131.52 of OPDS, otherwise known as OPDS-Talon, was released on December 19th for use on both the OPDS and EPDS data diode products lines from Owl. The OPDS software platform performs key management functions for the data diode devices and provides policy enforcement, network interaction, and control data flow.
Based on hardened Linux operating system, OPDS-Talon follows Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks. Designed with a defense-in-depth strategy, OPDS hardware and Talon software operate together in a layered approach. New features include a user-focused menu system, enhanced role-based access controls, and improved network diagnostic tools. The new menu design simplifies and accelerates navigation and administration, and the new network diagnostic tools make it easier to update and view current software versions.
Industrial companies are increasingly using unidirectional communication products, also known as data diodes, for situations that require maximum security. This includes critical operations like nuclear plants and facilities in high-risk areas. Data diodes are an effective way to address many of the shortcomings of other more traditional solutions for securing communication pathways, such as next-generation firewalls and DMZs, and can also provide an effective solution for IoT security, providing a secure path for devices in critical operating environments to provide information to IoT based applications.
You can register for this upcoming webinar from Owl to get a first-hand look at the newest version of OPDS-Talon. The webinar will be held on January 22nd at 10 AM EST.